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Monument to Nicholas II opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Monument to Nicholas II opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Nicholas II portrait. Ilya Efimovich Repin, 1896//wikimedia.orgThe monument to Nicholas II was unveiled and sanctified in the village of Rishetich, RIA Novosti informs. Society of Russian-Serbian Friendship and Unity of Orthodox peoples (Republic of Serbia) took the initiative to set the monument to the last Emperor of the Russian Empire. This was the way of the Serbians living in Bosnia and Herzegovina to express their gratitude to Nicholas II who protected them during the First World War.

The Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Petr Ivantsov attended the opening ceremony. He talked about symbolic meaning of this event as a moment of close interweaving of the Orthodox peoples’ fates. The Ambassador reminded that the war of 1914 – 1918 was horrible and the Russian Empire headed by the Tsar and army protected its brothers in faith through the self-sacrifice.

Around thousand people from the Serbian Republic and members of the senior priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church took part in the event.

The monument installation is a part of a bigger project on creation of the Monastery complex and Russian ethnic village in the North of the country implemented with support of the society mentioned above.

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